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Committees

Member participation is vital to the success of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation. Lawyers can and do make a difference by participating in one of the many volunteer opportunities available. Time commitments vary with each activity or committee depending upon its function and meeting schedule. Committee assignments are three-year terms. In the selection process, consideration is given to geographic representation, areas of practice and other committee assignments of ISB/ILF involvement. Both ISB/ILF Committees are selected by their respective Boards in July of each year.

CommitteeDescriptionChairperson(s)Staff Liaison(s)
Advocate Editorial Advisory BoardDetermines the theme, selects and recruits authors for lead articles, and reviews the contents of each issue of The Advocate. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month; subcommittees meet as required; 10-12 members.Brian P. KaneDan Black
Bar Exam PreparationReviews questions and analyses for each bar exam and provides feedback to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Meets twice per year; 3 members.Lane V. EricksonMaureen Braley
Character and FitnessReviews character or fitness issues of applicants for admission. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners whether applicants should be admitted, denied or conditionally admitted to the Bar. Meets 5-6 times per year; 7 members (2 non-lawyers).Maureen Braley
Brad Andrews
Client Assistance FundReviews claims against Client Assistance Fund for a loss of client funds due to dishonest conduct of lawyer. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners whether claims should be paid. Meets as required; 5 members (2 non-lawyers).Hon. Scott L. WaymanJulia Crossland
Deanna Tollefson
Idaho Academy of Leadership for LawyersPromotes diversity and inspires the development of leadership within the legal profession. Meets regularly throughout the year; 5 members (1 of which must be a past IALL participant).Gene A. PettyMahmood Sheikh
Lawyer Assistance Program100% confidential program helps and supports lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with addictive behaviors such as, but not limited to: alcohol, drug use, gambling, mental health issues and/or depression. The program also focuses on educating legal professionals - as well as their family and friends - about alcohol, drug dependency, depression and other mental health problems. Meets quarterly; up to 25 members.Jamie C. ShropshireMahmood Sheikh
Lawyer Referral ServiceReviews policies for and operation of the Lawyer Referral Service. Works with Executive Director and LRS Coordinator in operating the Lawyer Referral Service. Committee meets the first Wednesday of every other month; 5-7 members.Ralph R. Blount
Jay Q. Sturgell
Kyme Graziano
Professional Conduct BoardExercises general control over attorney discipline. Acts as an "intermediate appellate court." Receives briefs and makes recommendations for disposition to the Idaho Supreme Court. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).Karen E. GowlandSue Nelson
Reasonable AccommodationsReviews accommodations requests of applicants for the bar exam. Makes recommendations for reasonable accommodations to the Board of Commissioners. Meets 2-3 times per year; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).Kimberly D. Evans RossMaureen Braley
Brad Andrews
Unauthorized Practice of LawReceives and reviews complaints about the unauthorized practice of law and makes recommendations for disposition. Meets as needed; 3 members.Richard K. LierzBrad Andrews
Al Gill